Kuechly was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame

Irving, Texas – Former Boston College player Luke Kuechly He will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2023, the National Football Foundation announced Monday. Quichley, who played for BC from 2009-2011, is one of 18 first-team All-American and four coaches to earn a place in this year’s Hall of Fame Class.

The National Football League (NFF) and College Hall of Fame announced that the Class of 2023 has been selected from national balloting consisting of 80 players and nine coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision and 96 players and 33 coaches from the division’s ranks. All members will be recruited 22 through 65y The Annual NFF Awards Gala Dinner presented in Las Vegas on December 5, 2023.

Kwechley earns induction into the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility and becomes the eighth Eagle player to receive the honor and 11th to receive the honor.y Inclusive. He is the first player from British Columbia to be inducted into the Hall of Fame since Mike Roth in 2017.

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Kuechly has collected the second most career tackles in the NCAA record books, becoming the most decorated defensive player in Boston College history.

A two-time consensus first-team All-American in 2010 and consensus in 2011, Kuechly achieved a “clean sweep” of national defense honors in 2011, including the Bronko-Nagurski Trophy, Butkus Award, Rotary Lombardi Award, and Lott IMPACT Trophy after Leading all collegiate football players in tackles (191) and solo tackles (102). In 2010, Kuechly also led the nation in tackles with 183, including 110 solo. In 2009, he was named a Freshman All-American by the FWAA and recorded 158 tackles, including 87 solo tackles. His combined three year total gave him 532 career tackles, which ranks second in NCAA history. His 14.0 total tackles per game places him first in NCAA history, and his 7.87 solo tackles per game ranks second in NCAA records.

Kuechly’s efforts helped the Eagles secure two bowl appearances, the 2009 Emerald Bowl against Southern California and the 2010 Fight Hunger Bowl against Nevada. Despite losses in both games, Kuechly earned Defensive MVP status in each.

Kuechly was named the 2011 ACC Defensive Player of the Year, was a three-time first-team All-ACC selection and 2009 ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year. He led the conference in tackles per game in each of his three seasons. The 2011 team captain and MVP finished his career as the BC’s all-time leader in career tackles (532), career solo tackles (299) and single-season tackles (191 in 2011). He recorded at least 10 tackles in 34 of 38 games, including a streak of 33 consecutive games. He ranks third all-time in BC with 44 career tackles for loss. He finished his career with three sacks, seven interceptions, two forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and 10 pass breakups.

Kuechly was drafted #9 overall in the 2012 NFL Draft by Carolina, played for the Panthers his entire career from 2012-19, earned five Pro Bowl selections and started in Super Bowl 50 for the franchise. He was named the 2012 AP Defensive Rookie of the Year and the 2013 AP and TSN Defensive Player of the Year.

Kuechly has been selected as a member of the FWAA’s 75y The Memorial Team retired his jersey in 2015, and Boston College retired his jersey in 2016.

He currently works as a commentator on the Carolina Panthers’ radio broadcast team, and assists with the DJ Moore Pro Camp. A brand ambassador for Q-Collar, a medical device designed to reduce the risk of traumatic brain injury, Kuechly took part in the NFF Future for Football campaign in 2022, highlighting cutting-edge technology that makes the sport safer.

selection criteria

1. First and foremost, a player must have received First Team All-America recognition by a selector recognized by the NCAA and used to make its corresponding All-America teams.

2. A player becomes eligible for consideration by the NFF’s Court of Honor after 10 full seasons following his or her final year of playing intercollegiate football.

3. While each candidate’s college football accomplishments are of the utmost importance, his post-football record as a national is also evaluated. He must have proven himself worthy as a citizen, carrying football’s ideals forward in his relations with his community. Academic honors and whether or not the candidate has obtained an undergraduate degree may also be considered.

4. Players must have played their final year of intercollegiate football within the past 50 years*. For example, to be eligible for the 2023 ballot, a player must have played their senior year in 1973 or later. In addition, current professional players and/or coaches are not eligible until retirement.

5. A coach becomes eligible for three full seasons after retirement or immediately after retirement provided he is at least 70 years old. Active coaches become eligible at age 75. Must have been a head football coach for at least 10 years and coached at least 100 games with a . 600 winning percentage.

6. Nominations may only be submitted by the current Director of Athletics, head coach, or Director of Sports Information (SID) of an undergraduate institution for a prospective candidate. Nominations may also be submitted by the President/CEO of the fee-paying chapter of the National Football Foundation.

* Players who do not comply with the 50-year rule may still be eligible for consideration by the Football League and the Division’s Veterans Committees. Veterans Committee nominees must still meet First Team All-America requirements.

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